The new 2023 VW Amarok has finally been spied testing looking bigger and more capable than its predecessor. In case you didn’t know, this pickup was named after a wolf deity in Inuit mythology, and it has been around since 2010. According to latest reports, the second-generation model will appear sometime later this year, featuring a more handsome appearance.
Just like the Ford Ranger, the Amarok truck will ride on the same T6 body-on-frame architecture. The upcoming midsize pickup should also share many technical specifications with the mentioned model and engine as well.
2023 VW Amarok Redesign
As with the outgoing first-generation, the second-gen 2023 VW Amarok will be available in both two-door single and four-door double-cab body styles. As we can see from the first spy shots, the forthcoming truck looks much bigger than its predecessor, and it adopts a more distinctive front end.
It features a more boldly styled front with a higher leading edge and a more attractive grille. Despite sharing many design cues with the Ford Ranger, the new Volkswagen Amarok receives a uniquely-styled bonnet, LED headlamps, front fenders, and door steps. On the rear end, we noticed a new tailgate with the Amarok name stamped into the metal. The wheels are also new, and now they extend from a standard 17-inch package, up to 21-inch rims.
The new 2023 VW Amarok interior looks very similar to that of the new Ford Ranger. However, for 2023YM, the Amarok receives numerous Volkswagen touches, including better comfort and quality compared to the old model. The new truck also comes with Volkswagen’s own multi-function steering wheel, and with artificial leather upholstery available on the dashboard, door panels, and seats.
The 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster and the infotainment screen of 10.1-inch comes standard, while 12.0-inch is optional. As you can see, the same infotainment is also available in the Ford, and it runs on Ford’s Sync 4 operating system.
2023 VW Amarok Engine Specs
As we said, the 2023 VW Amarok will share the same platform and engine with the Ford Rangers model. This means we can expect it to use a turbo 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
The engine comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission sending drive to the standard rear-wheel-drive model. You can also get a two different four-wheel-drive systems dependent on the engine. However, exact engine line-up is yet to be announced.
2023 VW Amarok Release Date, Price
The new spy shots of the 2023 VW Amarok are available, and it seems the upcoming truck will receive some upgrades and changes. Volkswagen recently confirms that production will start this year in Ford’s Silverton manufacturing plant in Pretoria, South Africa, while first-generation VW Amarok will continue to be produced at Volkswagen’s plant in Pacheco, Argentina.
Interestingly, as the Ford Ranger, the new Amarok will use the same architecture and mechanics. At this moment, pricing of this model is not yet available. However, we assume that it will cost significantly more than the first generation that costs $40,000. With that amount of money, you can buy model like Ford Ranger, and even the Ram 1500.